Review: Girl in a Coma - Trio BC
Label: Blackheart Records
Released: June 2, 2009
Coming two years after their promising debut, Trio BC shows a young band that has done some significant maturing as musicians. The album maintains their early punkish edge, but expands the sound well beyond that. Nina Diaz elevates herself to a rough-around-the-edges Patsy Cline, particularly on the yearning, tender melancholy of "El Monte." They dabble a bit in T Rex's glammy boogie on "Slaughter Lane" before moving into more straightforward punk. "Joanie in the City" dips deep into the well of the Buzzcocks and the Jam so successfully that vocal help from Joan Jett herself doesn't overpower the band's sound. They even find interesting common ground between the Shangri-Las and the Smashing Pumpkins on "Trail". All of this is mixed with explorations of their own Mexican-American background that will surely draw comparisons to Los Lobos and the Plugz. But don't be fooled, because GIAC are paving their own road to the destinations previously visited by those bands.
The end result is a very good, comprehensive rock n roll album that draws from many things, but maintains a strong identity. It stems from growth in both songwriting and musicianship that doesn't compromise on the heart and soul that is the basis of the band. Girl in a Coma has adapted well to this musical growth, making Trio BC a sophomore album that's really good in the moment and also leaves open great possibilities for the future.
It's probably best to pick this one up on LP, because it'll be easier for the tattoo artist to copy it onto your body after you spend some time listening. Seriously though, the tattoo style artwork looks great on the 12" LP.
GIAC has also made two really cool videos from this album, so check 'em out:
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